Red Hat Linux

Kurt Seifried, [email protected]


Having just installed Red Hat 7.2 on a production server I feel a certain emotion that I am sure many people share. Red Hat 7.1 (previous version) was excellent, it had Postfix in the power tools, it was a rock solid distro. Red Hat 7.2 isn't bad either, I am very happy with the ext3 support, it seamlessly migrated my fileserver to it, boot times are much improved sans fsck. However the upgrade road has not been free of rocks, potholes and one or two completely washed out bridges.


Red Hat Linux 7.x OpenSSH 3.4 installation and spec file

Red Hat will not be issuing OpenSSH 3.4 packages for Red Hat 7.x (can't say that I blame them, customer support would be a nightmare). Unfortunately I really wanted OpenSSH 3.4 on my server systems (privsep, all the bug fixes, etc.). I modifed the Red Hat spec file slightly, you will need that, the source RPM from Red hat, and the source code for OpenSSH 3.4 portable.  I have disabled askpass/gnome stuff, this is aimed at servers, not clients.  

Red Hat 7.2 Sendmail configuration

This has got to be one of the worst and best features about Red Hat Linux 7.2. My first major complaint would be the lack of Postfix. Not only did they fail to ship it on the CD, they failed to include it in anything like powertools online. To make matters worse the Postfix RPM from 7.1 does not work properly as it expects older libraries, although you should be able to get it working with some effort. But instead of doing all that I thought I would give Sendmail a chance, I haven't used it in approximately 2-3 years, and it has been audited (very few remote root hacks in the last few months, although there were some local root hacks). There are several significant problems with the default sendmail configuration and scripts that manage it.

Red Hat Linux 7.3 IMP and HORDE configuration

This has got to be the worst all around configuration hassle I have had in ages. I wanted to install and get webmail working. So I install horde and imp, and blam, tons of problems.



Last updated 13/6/2002

Copyright Kurt Seifried 2001